The Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo is neither a restaurant, nor does it have robot army serving customers. It is a extravaganza of sound, light, lasers, cabaret, mech-monsters and dinosaurs. It may sound like a lot of fun, but I guess your level of satisfaction may vary.
Starts With A SEO Bait
I think the disappointment stemmed from the fact that we were looking for a restaurant, that had a proper dining experience, where either the chefs or the waiters were robots. We Googled ‘robot restaurant tokyo‘ and the first result was for this place. Naturally, we read a lot of positive reviews before we bought tickets.
The Robot Restaurant Review
The show isn’t cheap. Tickets cost 8,000 Yen/person (does not include food or drinks), but if you book online, you can save 30%!
Before the performances begin, the audience is escorted into the world’s most tacky waiting room, where they witness a Daft Punkish duo on a guitar and drum. I actually didn’t mind that part at all except when the show got further delayed by 20 minutes.
When we attended the Robot Restaurant, the performance was divided into three acts. The first act was a musical performance, with drummers, guitarists, and singers. The second act was the only act that had some semblance of a story. And the third act was also a medley of live performers. In between each act, ushers come around to sell everything from popcorn to Moet champagne.
I personally found the second act entertaining. The story behind the act is that a calm and peaceful planet gets attacked by robots, or aliens, or robot-aliens. Either way, it starts off with a battle between pandas and aliens and slowly escalates into something much grander! After each subsequent fight between good and evil, the battling creatures get bigger and bigger. You’d think that they possibly can’t fit a bigger creature in that narrow passageway, but obviously they prove you wrong.
Maybe I’m being a bit harsh. If you’re looking for loud music, lasers, tacky looking robots, and showgirls, this is definitely the place for you. If you think you can spend your money and time elsewhere, then that’s probably what you should do.